ChaChaRealSmooth
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ChaChaRealSmooth

SBAF Gearmaster, Male, from La Mirada, CA

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Well my GPU actually went completely belly-up. Fuck. Anyone have an old GPU that they want to sell me? Sep 29, 2020 at 1:33 AM

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    1. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      On the plus side, the X-Sabre Pro survived yet another expensive DAC showing up. No urge to change DACs.
      1. atomicbob, Lyander, MrTeaRex and 3 others like this.
    2. Claud
      Claud
      So it ain't as quiet and musical as our Matrix DACs?
      1. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I wouldn't say that. In many ways, it's the antithesis of the X-Sabre Pro. Need to listen more though and going to give it another day to see if a second day of warming up changes anything.
        Jun 3, 2020
      2. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        But if you're talking about the USB sound, the XSP is light-years better.
        Jun 3, 2020
    3. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Morpheus USB input is the worst-sounding one I've heard out of recent DACs. Just say no and use something else.
      1. Vtory, sheldaze, rlow and 2 others like this.
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      3. neogeosnk
        neogeosnk
        I concur, worse than $99 chifi stuff.
        Jun 3, 2020
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      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Obviously, I won't be listening to the USB for comparisons, but I'd say it's pretty inexcusable for something this expensive.
        Jun 3, 2020
      5. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        Ruh roh. Bad news for that Firegon guy.
        Jun 3, 2020
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    4. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Someone explain to me how looting and destroying businesses (which is some families' livelihood) protests police brutality.
      1. YMO, Deep Funk and pure5152 like this.
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      3. Lyander
        Lyander
        Jun 1, 2020
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      4. YMO
        YMO
        @ChaChaRealSmooth Koreans never forget Koreantown after LA Riots. Can't trust the cops to protect your stores, so need to protect yourself. When I was a kid back in NYC a lot of Asians where with the White/Jews/Italian voters in getting Rudy as Mayor back in the 90s. The one story people don't want to talk about is the # of Asian leaning Conservatives, which it is very interesting to me.
        Jun 1, 2020
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      5. purr1n
        purr1n
        LeBron's an idiot. He'd see all Pacific Rim countries be vassals to China if he could make money off of it. I hope to see more people affected speak out - realizing what's at stake.
        Jun 1, 2020
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    5. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Well, the LA riots have just turned personal for me and my family. Hope that everyone else is safe during these troubled times.
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      2. fp627
        fp627
        Ugh... so disappointing to hear. Hope all of you are safe.
        Jun 1, 2020
      3. crazychile
        crazychile
        After Proud Boys got arrested for being attacked by Antifa, they stopped showing up. Too bad. They were good at making Antifa think twice before attacking little old ladies.
        Jun 1, 2020
      4. boredpanda
        boredpanda
        So sorry to hear! I hope you and yours stay safe.
        Jun 2, 2020
    6. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Thought: if the HD 6XX didn't exist, and the HD 650 still sold for $500 everywhere, would it still be considered good value?
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I do think it might lead to a bit less idiocy regarding "HD 650 killers" because right now, it seems that many don't appreciate the HD 650 for what it is and see it as some entry-level can. That being said, it would be a hard sell at meets; the HD 650 sounds super underwhelming in meet conditions (stuff like Utopia or SR1a sounds super impressive).
        May 30, 2020
        Enigmatic, rott, Jinxy245 and 3 others like this.
      4. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Yes. The 250-500 Dollars/Euros region is still a good place for headphone purgatory. Plenty of choice.
        May 31, 2020
      5. fp627
        fp627
        I don't use my 6xx much, but they're a good reference / tool in the tool box. For $500 though, it's a tool I could live without.
        May 31, 2020
    7. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Thoroughly enjoying trying to learn the 3rd movement of Moonlight Sonata. Also, frustrating as heck.
    8. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      COVID-19 has at least made me rediscover my love of playing piano. That being said, I need to tune it.
      1. Golmang, Lyander, hikergrl and 5 others like this.
      2. Cellist88
        Cellist88
        Its an art in itself. Getting those three strings in alignment.
        May 22, 2020
        Jinxy245 and Claritas like this.
      3. tommytakis
        tommytakis
        I know how to play the Rugrats theme song using just two fingers ...so take that!
        May 22, 2020
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      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I'm not great at it, and it takes me all day to get it to a point where I'm happy. But then I'll be able to pretend like I'm a virtuoso and practice Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.
        May 22, 2020
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    9. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Tried watching some YouTube headphone reviews for fun. I have to laugh at how little I learned about the product. SBAF is way better.
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Tyll could do videos. Loved the one that he just winced through the listening... please remind me with a link: I want to watch it right now!
        May 22, 2020
      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        @ChaChaRealSmooth, thank you so much for that. It's a bad day: I needed it. Also, bookmarked for future.
        May 23, 2020
    10. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Love how the Whole Foods workers proactively tell customers to wear their masks properly or be kicked out. Sad that it's needed though.
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      2. dasman66
        dasman66
        In PA face coverings are required, but in our area stores aren't interested in enforcing... even for their employees. Sad, but somewhat understandable since our numbers are so low... many don't take it seriously.
        May 18, 2020
    11. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Well, the mouse developed inconsistent clicking behavior again. Probably not going Logitech again.
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        @spwath, I'm using a G903, and it's out of warranty. 2nd time this happened, same mouse.

        Ended up feeling and buying a Deathadder. Thought I might get a Basilisk since I liked the G502 back in the day but liked the Deathadder shape better
        May 15, 2020
      4. spwath
        spwath
        I actually had the same thing happen to my g602, and I think twice, they replaced it the first time. I have an mx master now, I really like it. Have had it for like 2 years with no issue
        May 15, 2020
      5. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Yeah, the customer service wasn't bad. Just expected more from a mouse that costs what it does. My old wired G502, for referemce, works perfectly fine.

        Wish the Deathadder came wireless (spoiled I know)
        May 15, 2020
    12. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      I'm always pleasantly surprised when a game I'm playing has a nice soundtrack. Makes me feel less bad about burning Starlett tubes.
      1. saint.panda and Jinxy245 like this.
      2. Sqveak
        Sqveak
        You shouldn't feel guilty about enjoying the things you love.
        May 13, 2020
      3. DEATHxMACHINE
        DEATHxMACHINE
        What game? I always recommend Max Payne 3 whose OST was by Health. Amazing electronic soundtrack.
        May 14, 2020
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      4. Azteca
        Azteca
        “You can’t take it with you.”
        May 22, 2020
    13. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Kind of late, but grateful to my mom. Luckily for me, she's awesome.
      1. Jinxy245, Vtory, Wilson and 5 others like this.
    14. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Got bored and plugged FDX1 into Starlett. Actually pretty good, wtf?
      1. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        And to be absolutely clear, I don't quite understand IEMs, or how much FDX1 scales, or what output impedance is best, etc. Nor do I really recommend doing this (don't think Donald had IEMs in mind while designing)
        May 7, 2020
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    15. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      "Endgame" is such a nebulous term in this hobby.
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      2. mokobigbro
        mokobigbro
        I'd prefer calling it The Last Dance (yeah right MJ)
        May 7, 2020
      3. mitochondrium
        mitochondrium
        For schiiters endgame is Ragnarok and the fact that there is already a ragnarok 2 available tells you everything about endgame in this hobby
        May 7, 2020
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        It wasn't a *game* in the first place.
        May 7, 2020
    16. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Me: finds a new song I like. Also me: play on repeat until I hate music.
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      3. crazychile
        crazychile
        My wife does that. I play her something I like. She loves it, plays it to death over the next few weeks. Not on headphones, so everyone in the house gets a mega-dose. Then I never want to hear it again.
        May 6, 2020
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      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        That reminds me of the classical learning dilemma of exploration vs exploitation. lol

        Often found myself unable to escape from the latter....
        May 6, 2020
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      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I used to do that too. Or...

        Suddenly discover the song everybody else got fed up with years ago.
        May 6, 2020
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    17. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Was unprepared to see Kobe on "The Last Dance." Still hard to believe he's gone.
    18. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Not sure how, but my dog gained 1 pound over quarantine. He used to weigh 10. Went to the vet, apparently he's just fat.
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      3. crenca
        crenca
        My neighborhood butts up to BLM land. Almost once a week a new "have you seen this dog..." goes up. My wife and just look at each other and see who can say "Scooby Snack!" the fastest...
        Apr 30, 2020
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      4. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        How? My theory would be humans around for longer intervals = more food dropped on the floor...
        Apr 30, 2020
      5. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        @crenca Yeah, lots of coyotes in my area. We keep him indoors though, so no worries there. Neighbor's dog did get attacked a while back, but appears fine.
        Apr 30, 2020
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    19. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Not sure what it is, but something is oddly charming about the unmodded HD 650.
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      2. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Play something with a decent groove, especially Jazz or Funk and your feet tap. That is it. There are headphones that don't do that and I don't care, off they go. One catch, it needs a bit of power and then you understand. It is similar to the AKGs in that way.
        Apr 28, 2020
      3. Claritas
        Claritas
        What I particularly like about it, relative to HD600, is that the mid-bass makes orchestral recordings sound more realistic. Caveat: As long as the other gear doesn't make it sound too dark.
        Apr 28, 2020
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      4. Lyander
        Lyander
        I lean towards HD600 because it works to offset the foibles of my other main cans, but the 650 is, as many have noted, a remarkably comfortable listen that you can just get lost in for ages. It works unmodded for basically every genre that doesn't mandate sub-bass excellence!
        Apr 28, 2020
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    20. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      My sister's interpretation of the SR1a's aesthetics: "Waffle-Maker"
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Yeah, sleep isn't necessarily going to be on the agenda. Plan on spending some time, then will write up impressions later.
        Apr 24, 2020
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      4. fp627
        fp627
        Glad the fit worked out for you - interesting that it's really comfortable for you given our somewhat similarly shaped large heads.

        If you recall, does your individual headphone have a bigger headband than the one that showed up at the meet last time? I tried again with a different pair just to be sure and I still got a headache due to fit.
        Apr 25, 2020
      5. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I was curious about that too given that we have similar large Asian heads. I don't think they're any different, and I certainly haven't heard anything about Raal changing anything about the design.
        Apr 25, 2020
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  • About

    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    January 8
    Location:
    La Mirada, CA
    Occupation:
    Lifeguard
    Gear List:
    Circumaural Headphones:
    AKG K7XX
    Focal Clear (stolen by family)
    Focal Utopia
    Hifiman HE-6 (LFF Code-6)
    Raal Requisite SR1a
    Sennheiser HD 599 (stolen by family)
    Sennheiser HD 600 (JAR mod)
    Sennheiser HD 6XX
    Thinksound On2
    ZMF Verite (cocobolo)

    IEMs:
    Drop x JVC HA-FDX1

    Headphone Amps:
    DNA Starlett
    EC Ultralinear
    Feliks Euforia
    Schiit Asgard 3
    Schiit Jotunheim R

    Speakers:
    Klipsch Heresy III

    Speaker Amps/Preamps:
    Feliks Euforia
    Schiit Aegir

    DACs:
    Schiit Yggdrasil GS

    Turntables:
    Audio Technica x Drop Carbon VTA w/ Audio Technica Red cart
    Still unsure why people want my opinion on gear. I don't actually know much about audio other than I like music.

    Main headphone rotation (no particular order):
    1. ZMF Verite
    2. LFF Code-6
    3. Focal Utopia
    4. Raal Requisite SR1a

    Signature

    Being gearmaster is cool until you realize all the loaners you get make you insane.